'''''The Aldrich Family''''', a popular radio teenage situation comedy
(July 2, 1939-April 19, 1953),Dunning, John. (1998). ''On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio''. Oxford University Press. . Pp. 21-22. was also presented in films, television and comic books. In the radio series' well-remembered weekly opening exchange, awkward teen Henry's mother called, "Hen-''reeeeeeeeeeeee!'' Hen-ree ''Al''-drich!", and he responded with a breaking adolescent voice, "''Com''-ing, Mother!"
The creation of playwright Clifford Goldsmith
, Henry Aldrich began on Broadway theatre|Broadway
as a minor character in Goldsmith's play ''What a Life (play)|What a Life
''. Produced and directed by George Abbott
, ''What a Life'' ran for 538 performances (April 13, 1938 to July 8, 1939). The Broadway cast included Eddie Bracken
, Betty Field
and Butterfly McQueen
. The actor who brought Henry to life...